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John Joseph Inn and Elizabeth Restaurant

Groton , NY

LOCATION

813 Auburn Road
Groton, NY US 13073 (map)
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ABOUT US

The John Joseph Inn and Elizabeth Restaurant is the Finger Lakes premier wedding venue. An elegant modern country estate of over 110 acres of orchards manicured lawns and gardens, it is... Read more
The John Joseph Inn and Elizabeth Restaurant is the Finger Lakes premier wedding venue. An elegant modern country estate of over 110 acres of orchards manicured lawns and gardens, it is the perfect setting for an elegant event. Our foundation lies on our memorable culinary experiences which lay the road to the best weddings possible. If food is of importance to you, than we are your best option. We take care of so many of the details, making for a stress free wedding planning period, customizing the event to meet your visions and dreams making your day extra special. We'll look forward to meeting you! 607-533-0097. Email me at john@johnjosephinn.com Read less

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REVIEWS

4.6
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4.9/5.0
4.0/5.0
4.7/5.0
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Kimberly
Wedding:
9/13/2014
5.0/5.0
I had the pleasure of working with John and Elizabeth for my wedding on September 13, 2014. They made my wedding day perfection. Their attention to detail and their hard work makes for a wedding to be remembered. My wedding day started off rainy, grey and gross... John and Elizabeth were determined to create a day that would still be perfection in my eyes with plan of doing the ceremony here or there, whatever would work best. As the weather cleared up they dropped those plans and moved the ceremony back outside. They and their staff set up my reception area to perfection, they made THE best food, they took care of the cake which was phenomenal, John was there to guide us through every step of the day, which made for a stress free bride and groom who were able to sit back and enjoy themselves. Having the rehearsal, ceremony and reception all in one place made for easy planning and created a home away from home for the weekend. Having our family and friends stay or stop by the Inn whenever they liked made for a relaxing and fun time. The grounds, arbor, Inn, cottage, restaurant and tent all made a lovely backdrop for our beautiful day, not to mention BEAUTIFUL photo opportunities. As my groom still sleeps from post wedding exhaustion I could not help but recount my wonderful wedding day and brag a bit about how wonderful it turned out thanks to John, Elizabeth and the wonderful staff they surround themselves with. If you didn't know about the John Joseph Inn before, You're Welcome because now you do!
I had the pleasure of working with John and Elizabeth for my wedding on September 13, 2014. They made my wedding day Read more...
I had the pleasure of working with John and Elizabeth for my wedding on September 13, 2014. They made my wedding day perfection. Their attention to detail and their hard work makes for a wedding to be remembered. My wedding day started off rainy, grey and gross... John and Elizabeth were determined to create a day that would still be perfection in my eyes with plan of doing the ceremony here or there, whatever would work best. As the weather cleared up they dropped those plans and moved the ceremony back outside. They and their staff set up my reception area to perfection, they made THE best food, they took care of the cake which was phenomenal, John was there to guide us through every step of the day, which made for a stress free bride and groom who were able to sit back and enjoy themselves. Having the rehearsal, ceremony and reception all in one place made for easy planning and created a home away from home for the weekend. Having our family and friends stay or stop by the Inn whenever they liked made for a relaxing and fun time. The grounds, arbor, Inn, cottage, restaurant and tent all made a lovely backdrop for our beautiful day, not to mention BEAUTIFUL photo opportunities. As my groom still sleeps from post wedding exhaustion I could not help but recount my wonderful wedding day and brag a bit about how wonderful it turned out thanks to John, Elizabeth and the wonderful staff they surround themselves with. If you didn't know about the John Joseph Inn before, You're Welcome because now you do! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Wedding Planning, Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.4/5.0
Our wedding was absolutely perfect. The food was absolutely delicious and John made our day even more perfect by adding delicious personal touches. He went out of his way to make our wishes come true and was willing to listen to our wants and make them happen. The venue was very well maintained and very private. The food, location, and staff were great. I would have my wedding there everyday.
Our wedding was absolutely perfect. The food was absolutely delicious and John made our day even more perfect by adding Read more...
Our wedding was absolutely perfect. The food was absolutely delicious and John made our day even more perfect by adding delicious personal touches. He went out of his way to make our wishes come true and was willing to listen to our wants and make them happen. The venue was very well maintained and very private. The food, location, and staff were great. I would have my wedding there everyday. Read less
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Brittany
Wedding:
8/9/2014
4.7/5.0
I would highly recommend the John Joseph Inn and John Hamilton as a wedding ceremony/reception venue choice. We had both our ceremony and our reception at the John Joseph Inn. John made sure that our wedding day was absolutely PERFECT - and I mean perfect when I say it. Most weddings have little issues that come up and can be brushed off later - but we had a completely perfect day! My husband and I were relaxed and enjoyed our time at the Inn preparing for, during, and after our wedding. Our wedding party, family, and guests had nothing but great things to say about John and the John Joseph Inn. Many guests that we've talked to so far have actually said that it's the best wedding they've ever attended.

In response to all of the comments that John is difficult to work with: Yes, I gave him 4 stars because he doesn't respond to messages quickly. He is an INCREDIBLY busy man, and for good reason. Your wedding day will be perfect due to his and his staff's hard work and dedication to you and your wedding. I definitely experienced some anxiety before the wedding - worrying that John wasn't getting my messages/e-mails. To anyone who may feel nervous about this: RELAX. He is most likely getting your information, but too busy to respond. Keep leaving messages/e-mails, and he will get the information. Your day will be unforgettable.

The grounds are gorgeous and immaculately maintained. The inn is beautiful, comfortable, and allows you to enjoy time with your guests before and after the wedding without shuffling around to and from a hotel. The ceremony area is beautiful. The food was wonderful - we had lots of comments from our guests on how they've never had such a delicious meal at a wedding before (we did the plated meal - to be clear). The staff at the John Joseph Inn is attentive and professional - we didn't have a long wait for food, or a long line at the bar at any time.

I can't say enough wonderful things about the John Joseph Inn. Thank you John!!!!
I would highly recommend the John Joseph Inn and John Hamilton as a wedding ceremony/reception venue choice. We had both Read more...
I would highly recommend the John Joseph Inn and John Hamilton as a wedding ceremony/reception venue choice. We had both our ceremony and our reception at the John Joseph Inn. John made sure that our wedding day was absolutely PERFECT - and I mean perfect when I say it. Most weddings have little issues that come up and can be brushed off later - but we had a completely perfect day! My husband and I were relaxed and enjoyed our time at the Inn preparing for, during, and after our wedding. Our wedding party, family, and guests had nothing but great things to say about John and the John Joseph Inn. Many guests that we've talked to so far have actually said that it's the best wedding they've ever attended.

In response to all of the comments that John is difficult to work with: Yes, I gave him 4 stars because he doesn't respond to messages quickly. He is an INCREDIBLY busy man, and for good reason. Your wedding day will be perfect due to his and his staff's hard work and dedication to you and your wedding. I definitely experienced some anxiety before the wedding - worrying that John wasn't getting my messages/e-mails. To anyone who may feel nervous about this: RELAX. He is most likely getting your information, but too busy to respond. Keep leaving messages/e-mails, and he will get the information. Your day will be unforgettable.

The grounds are gorgeous and immaculately maintained. The inn is beautiful, comfortable, and allows you to enjoy time with your guests before and after the wedding without shuffling around to and from a hotel. The ceremony area is beautiful. The food was wonderful - we had lots of comments from our guests on how they've never had such a delicious meal at a wedding before (we did the plated meal - to be clear). The staff at the John Joseph Inn is attentive and professional - we didn't have a long wait for food, or a long line at the bar at any time.

I can't say enough wonderful things about the John Joseph Inn. Thank you John!!!! Read less
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Jackie
Wedding:
5/17/2014
1.1/5.0
I was married at the Inn in May. I had a fantastic wedding day, but this was because of my wonderful family and wedding party. The John Joseph Inn has great food and is beautiful, but thats about all it can be relied on for.
John, the owner of the Inn, if very difficult to work with. When trying to contact him, I did not get a response for weeks after both emails and calls. This lasted right until my wedding day. I don’t think I can stress enough how difficult it was to get in touch with him throughout the process.
When I could I would come up to the Inn from NJ, where he gave a lot of personal attention, but most of what he said would happen turned out to be empty promises once my wedding day came.
On my wedding day, I was told I would just get to relax and sip champagne while I got ready. Instead, I had to worry about the tent being set up and had to provide John with second copies of information I had already given him. My bridesmaids spent a few hours out in the tent setting up the tables and space around it because John didn’t do it. When I tried to give him the decor I had, he walked away.
I had a beautiful wedding day because of a fantastic support group. It was extremely stressful and difficult to plan with John and I can honestly say I would not wish that on any bride.
I would love to give details and please feel free to contact me and ask for more information.
I was married at the Inn in May. I had a fantastic wedding day, but this was because of my wonderful family and wedding Read more...
I was married at the Inn in May. I had a fantastic wedding day, but this was because of my wonderful family and wedding party. The John Joseph Inn has great food and is beautiful, but thats about all it can be relied on for.
John, the owner of the Inn, if very difficult to work with. When trying to contact him, I did not get a response for weeks after both emails and calls. This lasted right until my wedding day. I don’t think I can stress enough how difficult it was to get in touch with him throughout the process.
When I could I would come up to the Inn from NJ, where he gave a lot of personal attention, but most of what he said would happen turned out to be empty promises once my wedding day came.
On my wedding day, I was told I would just get to relax and sip champagne while I got ready. Instead, I had to worry about the tent being set up and had to provide John with second copies of information I had already given him. My bridesmaids spent a few hours out in the tent setting up the tables and space around it because John didn’t do it. When I tried to give him the decor I had, he walked away.
I had a beautiful wedding day because of a fantastic support group. It was extremely stressful and difficult to plan with John and I can honestly say I would not wish that on any bride.
I would love to give details and please feel free to contact me and ask for more information. Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Megan
Wedding:
10/19/2013
4.2/5.0
I would recommend John Hamilton and the John Joseph Inn and Elizabeth Restaurant as a wedding venue. However, I would keep in mind this review (and others) as I think it would have been helpful to understand better the way John works.

Quality of Service: 5
The Inn, the location, the tent, grounds, etc are absolutely beautiful. It is an idyllic place to have a wedding. I was blown away by how beautiful it was. The food was just delicious. Our signature drink was delicious and perfectly themed.

Responsiveness: 3 (I seriously considered making this lower)
One of the worst parts of having our wedding at the Inn was waiting for responses from John. My husband and I both work 50+ work weeks and were planning the 220+person wedding from NYC (5 hours away) I would send John very detailed emails with questions and would either not hear responses or he would respond much later with half answers, ignoring some questions, or with answers that would simply lead to more questions. My husband, myself, and our families drove to Ithaca to meet with him and go over the more minute details and unfortunately he spent most of the meeting telling me to "relax everything will be great" not exactly something a busy, organized planner like myself wants to hear after taking the time to put together these questions/information.

Professionalism: 4
Overall dealing him was less than satisfactory and moderately uncomfortable. He, as mentioned above, is incredibly hard to get in touch with. Not only that, he has a very abrasive "I'll take care of it. It's going to be great" attitude while not exactly recognizing that while he may have have catered/held dozens of weddings that this was MY first wedding.

Value: 5
The wedding was beautiful and everyone had a wonderful time. It ended up pouring rain 5 minutes prior to my outdoor ceremony so all the guests had to be rushed into the cocktail hour tent instead. We all made the best of it and it went off absolutely fine.
I would recommend John Hamilton and the John Joseph Inn and Elizabeth Restaurant as a wedding venue. However, I would keep Read more...
I would recommend John Hamilton and the John Joseph Inn and Elizabeth Restaurant as a wedding venue. However, I would keep in mind this review (and others) as I think it would have been helpful to understand better the way John works.

Quality of Service: 5
The Inn, the location, the tent, grounds, etc are absolutely beautiful. It is an idyllic place to have a wedding. I was blown away by how beautiful it was. The food was just delicious. Our signature drink was delicious and perfectly themed.

Responsiveness: 3 (I seriously considered making this lower)
One of the worst parts of having our wedding at the Inn was waiting for responses from John. My husband and I both work 50+ work weeks and were planning the 220+person wedding from NYC (5 hours away) I would send John very detailed emails with questions and would either not hear responses or he would respond much later with half answers, ignoring some questions, or with answers that would simply lead to more questions. My husband, myself, and our families drove to Ithaca to meet with him and go over the more minute details and unfortunately he spent most of the meeting telling me to "relax everything will be great" not exactly something a busy, organized planner like myself wants to hear after taking the time to put together these questions/information.

Professionalism: 4
Overall dealing him was less than satisfactory and moderately uncomfortable. He, as mentioned above, is incredibly hard to get in touch with. Not only that, he has a very abrasive "I'll take care of it. It's going to be great" attitude while not exactly recognizing that while he may have have catered/held dozens of weddings that this was MY first wedding.

Value: 5
The wedding was beautiful and everyone had a wonderful time. It ended up pouring rain 5 minutes prior to my outdoor ceremony so all the guests had to be rushed into the cocktail hour tent instead. We all made the best of it and it went off absolutely fine. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Lighting & Decor, , Wedding Venue
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Shannon
Wedding:
10/12/2013
4.8/5.0
John Hamilton and his wife own and run the Inn. The grounds are absolutely stunning! The food and wait staff were first class. Many of my guests have told us that this is one of the best weddings they have ever been to. They made our fairytale wedding a reality!
John Hamilton and his wife own and run the Inn. The grounds are absolutely stunning! The food and wait staff were first Read more...
John Hamilton and his wife own and run the Inn. The grounds are absolutely stunning! The food and wait staff were first class. Many of my guests have told us that this is one of the best weddings they have ever been to. They made our fairytale wedding a reality! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.3/5.0
Beautiful venue, charismatic and creative innkeeper/venue leader/chef, the food was excellent, and John and his team took care of everything the weekend of the wedding. However, he was hard to get ahold of via email or voicemails, but he did eventually get back to us. Once you have his full attention, he is incredibly dynamic and professional. We had a beautiful day, with great food, and I wouldn't have changed it a bit.
Beautiful venue, charismatic and creative innkeeper/venue leader/chef, the food was excellent, and John and his team took Read more...
Beautiful venue, charismatic and creative innkeeper/venue leader/chef, the food was excellent, and John and his team took care of everything the weekend of the wedding. However, he was hard to get ahold of via email or voicemails, but he did eventually get back to us. Once you have his full attention, he is incredibly dynamic and professional. We had a beautiful day, with great food, and I wouldn't have changed it a bit. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Wedding Venue
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Sue Nee
Wedding:
9/14/2013
4.2/5.0
We were married here on September 14, 2013, one of the most memorable occasions of our lives. It was the first venue we looked at and it definitely set the bar very high! John's passion and expertise on what he does definitely stood out.

John, Elizabeth and their dedicated team of staff handle everything from day-of coordination, decoration setup, food, silverware, reception and ceremony venue (oh, what beautiful grounds!). This left us with not too much else to worry about, which took a huge burden off the planning process. Although John may be hard to get a hold of sometimes, he didn't miss anything for our wedding, even though we had two ceremonies (a Western and a traditional Korean ceremony)! The prices were all up front, which we definitely appreciated. This allowed us to really consider what the bottom line would be, and was extremely helpful in our budgeting process.

They also require that you book the entire inn for the wedding weekend, which is great for relaxing and unwinding. The rooms are beautiful, each with a signature look, and we definitely took advantage of the built in jacuzzi and fireplace during our stay. John delivers a wonderful breakfast at your door in the mornings -- freshly baked muffins, yogurt, and fruit -- so you can have it at your own time. We also had guests stay at the cottage, and they had a wonderful time.

Although we were not able to sample the food and cake prior to the wedding, we were confident from the reviews that the food would be amazing. We were proven right during the rehearsal dinner (which we chose the BBQ package). The chicken was juicy, and the brisket was melt-in-your mouth tender. Their wine and beer selections are excellent as well. The reception food was no different, and the lemon cake we ordered was divine!

All in all, it was a wonderful experience. If we had to do it all again, we would definitely pick the JJ&E again in a heartbeat.
We were married here on September 14, 2013, one of the most memorable occasions of our lives. It was the first venue we Read more...
We were married here on September 14, 2013, one of the most memorable occasions of our lives. It was the first venue we looked at and it definitely set the bar very high! John's passion and expertise on what he does definitely stood out.

John, Elizabeth and their dedicated team of staff handle everything from day-of coordination, decoration setup, food, silverware, reception and ceremony venue (oh, what beautiful grounds!). This left us with not too much else to worry about, which took a huge burden off the planning process. Although John may be hard to get a hold of sometimes, he didn't miss anything for our wedding, even though we had two ceremonies (a Western and a traditional Korean ceremony)! The prices were all up front, which we definitely appreciated. This allowed us to really consider what the bottom line would be, and was extremely helpful in our budgeting process.

They also require that you book the entire inn for the wedding weekend, which is great for relaxing and unwinding. The rooms are beautiful, each with a signature look, and we definitely took advantage of the built in jacuzzi and fireplace during our stay. John delivers a wonderful breakfast at your door in the mornings -- freshly baked muffins, yogurt, and fruit -- so you can have it at your own time. We also had guests stay at the cottage, and they had a wonderful time.

Although we were not able to sample the food and cake prior to the wedding, we were confident from the reviews that the food would be amazing. We were proven right during the rehearsal dinner (which we chose the BBQ package). The chicken was juicy, and the brisket was melt-in-your mouth tender. Their wine and beer selections are excellent as well. The reception food was no different, and the lemon cake we ordered was divine!

All in all, it was a wonderful experience. If we had to do it all again, we would definitely pick the JJ&E again in a heartbeat. Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
8/10/2013
4.8/5.0
Having my reception at John Joseph Inn and Elizabeth Restaurant was a choice I would make over and over again. The Inn and grounds are really gorgeous and well kept. John was out mowing all the lawns in the pouring rain the day before our reception when we arrived to make sure the grass would look just right the next night, and the rest of the weekend continued in that fashion. John, Elizabeth, and their staff went above and beyond what myself or any of my family could have anticipated. We were surprised first by adorable lambs and a beautifully in bloom sunflower field we didn’t expect, then breakfast baskets for all the girls getting ready delivered to each room, then nicely displayed and creatively infused liquors that were a huge hit with guests at the open bar! John was also able to execute my “pinterest heavy” ideas exactly as I had imagined without me worrying about anything except getting my dress on. He also did so much behind the scene to help move the night in the direction we wanted. During the planning process, be sure to be open with him about your ideas, and he will be able to tell you what will work and what won’t. And trust him, he really knows what he’s doing. Over a week has passed since the wedding, and I am still getting daily emails and messages from guests saying it was the classiest, best, most beautiful, awesome and fun, wedding and I received non-stop praise for the food too. Our cupcakes with a small cutting cake and late night taco bar… beautiful and delicious…OH MY GOSH! I really can’t say enough. If you want to get married in Ithaca, I would truly say to look no further than John Joseph Inn. Our wedding day here was a complete dream come true. As my seven year old cousin standing in the apple orchard said “we all went inside the biggest fairytale there is”. Thank you so much John and Elizabeth. –Jessica and Steve~ Aug 10, 2013 wedding
Having my reception at John Joseph Inn and Elizabeth Restaurant was a choice I would make over and over again. The Inn and Read more...
Having my reception at John Joseph Inn and Elizabeth Restaurant was a choice I would make over and over again. The Inn and grounds are really gorgeous and well kept. John was out mowing all the lawns in the pouring rain the day before our reception when we arrived to make sure the grass would look just right the next night, and the rest of the weekend continued in that fashion. John, Elizabeth, and their staff went above and beyond what myself or any of my family could have anticipated. We were surprised first by adorable lambs and a beautifully in bloom sunflower field we didn’t expect, then breakfast baskets for all the girls getting ready delivered to each room, then nicely displayed and creatively infused liquors that were a huge hit with guests at the open bar! John was also able to execute my “pinterest heavy” ideas exactly as I had imagined without me worrying about anything except getting my dress on. He also did so much behind the scene to help move the night in the direction we wanted. During the planning process, be sure to be open with him about your ideas, and he will be able to tell you what will work and what won’t. And trust him, he really knows what he’s doing. Over a week has passed since the wedding, and I am still getting daily emails and messages from guests saying it was the classiest, best, most beautiful, awesome and fun, wedding and I received non-stop praise for the food too. Our cupcakes with a small cutting cake and late night taco bar… beautiful and delicious…OH MY GOSH! I really can’t say enough. If you want to get married in Ithaca, I would truly say to look no further than John Joseph Inn. Our wedding day here was a complete dream come true. As my seven year old cousin standing in the apple orchard said “we all went inside the biggest fairytale there is”. Thank you so much John and Elizabeth. –Jessica and Steve~ Aug 10, 2013 wedding Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
7/6/2013
4.7/5.0
John, Elizabeth and their staff take care of almost everything for the wedding, from coordinating, ceremony, reception, food, booze, cake. One of the best parts is all those things are taken care of in one place, giving you fewer people to deal with and fewer moving parts in the planning and execution. The real best part is it is a gorgeous place, perfect ambiance, great food, and great bar. Wouldn't change a single thing about any of that! During planning, the one frustration is John can be tough to catch with questions, even when it's close to the date, but even so you can trust that everything is totally taken care of and done well. For the area, this place is on the higher price end, but for what you get from it, it's totally reasonable. The place is unbelievable, the food definitely lives up to its expectation, and the bar is high end. The staff is also very helpful, accommodating, and attentive (and fun). Wouldn't change a thing--this place will make your wedding as special and as fun as you hope it will be.
John, Elizabeth and their staff take care of almost everything for the wedding, from coordinating, ceremony, reception, Read more...
John, Elizabeth and their staff take care of almost everything for the wedding, from coordinating, ceremony, reception, food, booze, cake. One of the best parts is all those things are taken care of in one place, giving you fewer people to deal with and fewer moving parts in the planning and execution. The real best part is it is a gorgeous place, perfect ambiance, great food, and great bar. Wouldn't change a single thing about any of that! During planning, the one frustration is John can be tough to catch with questions, even when it's close to the date, but even so you can trust that everything is totally taken care of and done well. For the area, this place is on the higher price end, but for what you get from it, it's totally reasonable. The place is unbelievable, the food definitely lives up to its expectation, and the bar is high end. The staff is also very helpful, accommodating, and attentive (and fun). Wouldn't change a thing--this place will make your wedding as special and as fun as you hope it will be. Read less
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Jennelle
Wedding:
6/22/2013
5.0/5.0
If I could give this venue and its owner, John Hamilton, higher than five stars on everything, I would! From beginning to end, John made our wedding the most special weekend of our lives. Rather than just rave, I will break it down:

Planning: John made the planning easy and seamless. He provided a vendor list that I found extremely helpful when it came to booking all the extras, like florist, DJ, etc. He always answered all of my (many) questions, either by email or phone, within a few days of sending them to him. We had a planning session via Skype since we were planning from New York City. John spent almost two hours with us, chatting and getting a feel for the wedding we wanted.

Property: The Inn itself could not be more idyllic--it's a breathtaking backdrop for a wedding. The gardens were amazing and beautifully kept, plus there were lambs (!) roaming in the back. The rooms themselves are amazing--each one has its own character, with flat screens and jacuzzi tubs. John brought breakfast baskets each morning that had the BEST muffins in the world in them--most mornings the muffins were still warm when we got them.

Day of: We had a short rehearsal the night before, and everything went off without a hitch. John's staff was warm and welcoming as well, and did a beautiful job setting up for the reception. Also, it was amazing that my bridesmaids and I got to relax up in the bridal suite until it was time to go down, and then John came to collect us.

Food: THE FOOD! It was crazy good--not your normal wedding fare. We did three appetizers during cocktail hour and then the plated dinner, and everyone raved about the food (particularly the steak)! The cake was also amazing with buttercream and fresh strawberries.

Service: The service at the reception was remarkable. The bartenders were personable and attentive, and there was never a long wait at the bar. The specialty drink was a perfect touch too.

This place does not disappoint!!!
If I could give this venue and its owner, John Hamilton, higher than five stars on everything, I would! From beginning to Read more...
If I could give this venue and its owner, John Hamilton, higher than five stars on everything, I would! From beginning to end, John made our wedding the most special weekend of our lives. Rather than just rave, I will break it down:

Planning: John made the planning easy and seamless. He provided a vendor list that I found extremely helpful when it came to booking all the extras, like florist, DJ, etc. He always answered all of my (many) questions, either by email or phone, within a few days of sending them to him. We had a planning session via Skype since we were planning from New York City. John spent almost two hours with us, chatting and getting a feel for the wedding we wanted.

Property: The Inn itself could not be more idyllic--it's a breathtaking backdrop for a wedding. The gardens were amazing and beautifully kept, plus there were lambs (!) roaming in the back. The rooms themselves are amazing--each one has its own character, with flat screens and jacuzzi tubs. John brought breakfast baskets each morning that had the BEST muffins in the world in them--most mornings the muffins were still warm when we got them.

Day of: We had a short rehearsal the night before, and everything went off without a hitch. John's staff was warm and welcoming as well, and did a beautiful job setting up for the reception. Also, it was amazing that my bridesmaids and I got to relax up in the bridal suite until it was time to go down, and then John came to collect us.

Food: THE FOOD! It was crazy good--not your normal wedding fare. We did three appetizers during cocktail hour and then the plated dinner, and everyone raved about the food (particularly the steak)! The cake was also amazing with buttercream and fresh strawberries.

Service: The service at the reception was remarkable. The bartenders were personable and attentive, and there was never a long wait at the bar. The specialty drink was a perfect touch too.

This place does not disappoint!!! Read less
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Bethany
Wedding:
6/8/2013
4.8/5.0
Our wedding day was incredible - the grounds were beautiful, the food was excellent, the service was impeccable. John, the owner, truly is a jack of all trades. Just days before our wedding (in the pouring rain) he was out on his John Deere preparing the grounds. The day of our wedding he appeared in a seersucker suit and played the part of gracious host. Our only complaint was the level of communication leading up to the wedding. We were planning our wedding from out-of-state and at times it was very difficult to get in touch with John. In the end, though, everything turned out beautifully - exactly how I envisioned our wedding day. If you put your trust in John and his staff, you will not be disappointed with the results!
Our wedding day was incredible - the grounds were beautiful, the food was excellent, the service was impeccable. John, the Read more...
Our wedding day was incredible - the grounds were beautiful, the food was excellent, the service was impeccable. John, the owner, truly is a jack of all trades. Just days before our wedding (in the pouring rain) he was out on his John Deere preparing the grounds. The day of our wedding he appeared in a seersucker suit and played the part of gracious host. Our only complaint was the level of communication leading up to the wedding. We were planning our wedding from out-of-state and at times it was very difficult to get in touch with John. In the end, though, everything turned out beautifully - exactly how I envisioned our wedding day. If you put your trust in John and his staff, you will not be disappointed with the results! Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
5/18/2013
4.3/5.0
The John Joseph Inn is absolutely exquisite! My husband and I were married there in May 2013 and had a phenomenal wedding weekend. We were planning the wedding from Philadelphia and were able to do the bulk of the planning with John on one weekend visit!

John and his wife are professional and very detail oriented. My most favorite aspects of having our wedding at the John Joseph Inn were the below:

Food: The food (we did the plated three course option) was delicious! We were very happy with the variety offered and the quality of the food when prepared for 140 guests. In our view there was no comparison on food when considering other Ithaca wedding venues.

Amenities: Our family all stayed at the Inn for the Friday and Saturday night of our wedding weekend. It was wonderful to have our loved ones all in the same place! And to finish off our wedding night sitting in the rocking chairs on the porch. And getting ready with my maids on the day of was so relaxing and comfortable. Complete with beautiful weather and a bottle of champagne from John to kick off the day!

Ambiance: The countryside atmosphere of the Inn and grounds is so pastoral and picturesque. We loved the sheep in the orchard and the general greenery on site. The Inn, decor, garden, tent and grounds are all part of the package and complement each other perfectly to create a quaint country charm. My husband and I both grew up on farms so this fit our personalities perfectly!

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The John Joseph Inn is absolutely exquisite! My husband and I were married there in May 2013 and had a phenomenal wedding Read more...
The John Joseph Inn is absolutely exquisite! My husband and I were married there in May 2013 and had a phenomenal wedding weekend. We were planning the wedding from Philadelphia and were able to do the bulk of the planning with John on one weekend visit!

John and his wife are professional and very detail oriented. My most favorite aspects of having our wedding at the John Joseph Inn were the below:

Food: The food (we did the plated three course option) was delicious! We were very happy with the variety offered and the quality of the food when prepared for 140 guests. In our view there was no comparison on food when considering other Ithaca wedding venues.

Amenities: Our family all stayed at the Inn for the Friday and Saturday night of our wedding weekend. It was wonderful to have our loved ones all in the same place! And to finish off our wedding night sitting in the rocking chairs on the porch. And getting ready with my maids on the day of was so relaxing and comfortable. Complete with beautiful weather and a bottle of champagne from John to kick off the day!

Ambiance: The countryside atmosphere of the Inn and grounds is so pastoral and picturesque. We loved the sheep in the orchard and the general greenery on site. The Inn, decor, garden, tent and grounds are all part of the package and complement each other perfectly to create a quaint country charm. My husband and I both grew up on farms so this fit our personalities perfectly!

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Kelly
Wedding:
8/18/2012
4.8/5.0
We had our wedding ceremony, reception and a post-wedding brunch at the John Joseph Inn and it was spectacular!! The property itself - the gardens, the orchards, the fields of sunflowers, the reception tent, the inn and rooms - is absolutely lovely. So many of our guests told us how much they loved the place and how beautiful it was, one guest even told me that she wants to get married there one day! And our bridal party loved staying at the inn for the whole weekend - it felt like the place was ours which made the whole weekend so intimate and special. The rooms are spacious, luxurious and beautifully appointed.

Besides boasting breathtaking scenery, the John Joseph Inn also delivers on service and quality. The food was amazing (seriously...every steak was done to perfection!), the servers and staff were friendly and helpful, the cake was beautiful and tasty, and the decor was set-up exactly as I had envisioned. It was truly our dream wedding. My husband and I were so pleased we literally spent the first 3 days of our honeymoon high-fiving each other for having "the best wedding ever."

None of this would have been possible had it not been for John Hamilton, the owner and head chef. He is such a pro and really knows how to pull together a top-notch wedding. He is very laidback, which can sometimes be frustrating for an anxious bride, but in the end everything came together seamlessly. He truly listens and understands your vision. There were so many times I called him or went to see him to tell him what I wanted and he was always one step ahead of me. He would literally finish my sentences and I would be standing there with my mouth agape, thinking "yes, that's exactly what I want!"

We couldn't have imagined a more perfect wedding weekend. You will not regret having your wedding here. Oh and definitely ask for the house made cucumber infused vodka lemonade as your signature drink...AMAZING!!!

Kelly and Dan
We had our wedding ceremony, reception and a post-wedding brunch at the John Joseph Inn and it was spectacular!! The Read more...
We had our wedding ceremony, reception and a post-wedding brunch at the John Joseph Inn and it was spectacular!! The property itself - the gardens, the orchards, the fields of sunflowers, the reception tent, the inn and rooms - is absolutely lovely. So many of our guests told us how much they loved the place and how beautiful it was, one guest even told me that she wants to get married there one day! And our bridal party loved staying at the inn for the whole weekend - it felt like the place was ours which made the whole weekend so intimate and special. The rooms are spacious, luxurious and beautifully appointed.

Besides boasting breathtaking scenery, the John Joseph Inn also delivers on service and quality. The food was amazing (seriously...every steak was done to perfection!), the servers and staff were friendly and helpful, the cake was beautiful and tasty, and the decor was set-up exactly as I had envisioned. It was truly our dream wedding. My husband and I were so pleased we literally spent the first 3 days of our honeymoon high-fiving each other for having "the best wedding ever."

None of this would have been possible had it not been for John Hamilton, the owner and head chef. He is such a pro and really knows how to pull together a top-notch wedding. He is very laidback, which can sometimes be frustrating for an anxious bride, but in the end everything came together seamlessly. He truly listens and understands your vision. There were so many times I called him or went to see him to tell him what I wanted and he was always one step ahead of me. He would literally finish my sentences and I would be standing there with my mouth agape, thinking "yes, that's exactly what I want!"

We couldn't have imagined a more perfect wedding weekend. You will not regret having your wedding here. Oh and definitely ask for the house made cucumber infused vodka lemonade as your signature drink...AMAZING!!!

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Courtney
Wedding:
8/11/2012
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough about the John Joseph Inn and Elizabeth Restaurant as a ceremony/reception venue. The short version is this: the grounds are insanely beautiful, the meal was perfect, they made us an incredible almond cake, John was available to answer questions via email or Skype, and we had an absolutely perfect wedding. Seriously, they know what they're doing and nothing could have gone any better than it did. Have your wedding & reception here. You’ll be really glad that you did.

The long version follows.

We live in Oakland, California and began planning our summer 2012 wedding in August 2011. We were looking for a beautiful outdoor ceremony and reception location that was closer to family (Michigan and Pennsylvania, respectively). We did all of our planning remotely. We chose the JJandE based solely on their website and online reviews. When we first contacted the JJandE (website here: http://www.jjande.com/www.JJandE.com/Home.html), John was very helpful in answering our plentiful questions and recommending vendors for hair, makeup, photography, etc. As we got deeper into planning, we reached out a few more times and each time, John gave us the benefit of his experience hosting over 100 weddings.

Another major factor in our decision was food. We wanted to find a place where the food was fresh, delicious, and prepared by someone whose cooking reflects care and practice. We found that in the JJandE. There were a variety of meal options, and we chose to offer a strip steak, whitefish, and vegetable strudel, all of which met with rave reviews from our guests.

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I cannot say enough about the John Joseph Inn and Elizabeth Restaurant as a ceremony/reception venue. The short version is Read more...
I cannot say enough about the John Joseph Inn and Elizabeth Restaurant as a ceremony/reception venue. The short version is this: the grounds are insanely beautiful, the meal was perfect, they made us an incredible almond cake, John was available to answer questions via email or Skype, and we had an absolutely perfect wedding. Seriously, they know what they're doing and nothing could have gone any better than it did. Have your wedding & reception here. You’ll be really glad that you did.

The long version follows.

We live in Oakland, California and began planning our summer 2012 wedding in August 2011. We were looking for a beautiful outdoor ceremony and reception location that was closer to family (Michigan and Pennsylvania, respectively). We did all of our planning remotely. We chose the JJandE based solely on their website and online reviews. When we first contacted the JJandE (website here: http://www.jjande.com/www.JJandE.com/Home.html), John was very helpful in answering our plentiful questions and recommending vendors for hair, makeup, photography, etc. As we got deeper into planning, we reached out a few more times and each time, John gave us the benefit of his experience hosting over 100 weddings.

Another major factor in our decision was food. We wanted to find a place where the food was fresh, delicious, and prepared by someone whose cooking reflects care and practice. We found that in the JJandE. There were a variety of meal options, and we chose to offer a strip steak, whitefish, and vegetable strudel, all of which met with rave reviews from our guests.

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Lindsay
Wedding:
7/28/2012
4.8/5.0
My husband and I had our wedding at the John Joseph Inn this past summer. I am a local from Lansing and my husband is from Canada - we were originally going to have our wedding in Canada, however I later decided to start looking at venues in the Ithaca area. My mom told me multiple times I should check out the John Joseph Inn and at first I dismissed her suggestion saying "Yea mom I've driven past that place a million times.. I don't think they do weddings". Well this was probably ten years ago when I was in high school... it looked MUCH different back then. My mom, of course tried to tell me that it was all new and redone, but until she forced me to look at pictures on the computer, I had NO idea how beautiful the place was even as a local growing up five minutes away! It was EXACTLY what I was looking for.. a venue with a setting for the perfect outdoor wedding - amazing scenery, very classy feel, it all fit in with what I had been picturing in my head but had yet to find. After deciding on the inn, we met with John and found him to be very organized and helpful - he recommended different vendors for us, and helped to develop the perfect itinerary and menu. He was willing to adjust the menu options to include my favorite summer vegetables, and switch out wedding cake for strawberry rhubarb pie! Up to and during the day of the wedding, he essentially acted as our wedding planner, making sure everything was accounted for and running smoothly and as planned on the big day. Everyone was having so much fun and didn't want to leave at the end of the night ( I warned him that those Canadians like to party! ).. he even let us extend our reception an hour so we didn't have to kick everyone out! To wrap it up since I'm running out of room, the setting is so beautiful, picturesque, classic, the inn is gorgeous inside and out, the food was delicious, and the staff were all fantastic and friendly. Thank you for an amazing day! - Lindsay and Jeff Heerema
My husband and I had our wedding at the John Joseph Inn this past summer. I am a local from Lansing and my husband is from Read more...
My husband and I had our wedding at the John Joseph Inn this past summer. I am a local from Lansing and my husband is from Canada - we were originally going to have our wedding in Canada, however I later decided to start looking at venues in the Ithaca area. My mom told me multiple times I should check out the John Joseph Inn and at first I dismissed her suggestion saying "Yea mom I've driven past that place a million times.. I don't think they do weddings". Well this was probably ten years ago when I was in high school... it looked MUCH different back then. My mom, of course tried to tell me that it was all new and redone, but until she forced me to look at pictures on the computer, I had NO idea how beautiful the place was even as a local growing up five minutes away! It was EXACTLY what I was looking for.. a venue with a setting for the perfect outdoor wedding - amazing scenery, very classy feel, it all fit in with what I had been picturing in my head but had yet to find. After deciding on the inn, we met with John and found him to be very organized and helpful - he recommended different vendors for us, and helped to develop the perfect itinerary and menu. He was willing to adjust the menu options to include my favorite summer vegetables, and switch out wedding cake for strawberry rhubarb pie! Up to and during the day of the wedding, he essentially acted as our wedding planner, making sure everything was accounted for and running smoothly and as planned on the big day. Everyone was having so much fun and didn't want to leave at the end of the night ( I warned him that those Canadians like to party! ).. he even let us extend our reception an hour so we didn't have to kick everyone out! To wrap it up since I'm running out of room, the setting is so beautiful, picturesque, classic, the inn is gorgeous inside and out, the food was delicious, and the staff were all fantastic and friendly. Thank you for an amazing day! - Lindsay and Jeff Heerema Read less
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Mayra
Wedding:
6/2/2012
5.0/5.0
The grounds at the John Joseph Inn are spectacular and make the perfect backdrop for wedding pictures. The food is amazing!!! We had a few guests with dietary restrictions and John was able to accommodate all their needs. It has been one month since the wedding, and we are still hearing great reviews from our friends and family on the food. John, his wife, Elizabeth, and their staff provide such great service that I would recommend the John Joseph Inn to anyone looking to get married in the Finger Lakes area!
The grounds at the John Joseph Inn are spectacular and make the perfect backdrop for wedding pictures. The food is Read more...
The grounds at the John Joseph Inn are spectacular and make the perfect backdrop for wedding pictures. The food is amazing!!! We had a few guests with dietary restrictions and John was able to accommodate all their needs. It has been one month since the wedding, and we are still hearing great reviews from our friends and family on the food. John, his wife, Elizabeth, and their staff provide such great service that I would recommend the John Joseph Inn to anyone looking to get married in the Finger Lakes area! Read less
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Mike and Rose
Wedding:
10/9/2011
4.9/5.0
We got married in early October and I cannot put into words just how beautiful the grounds were at the JJ&E. John and his wife have really created a spectacular place to have any kind of wedding. The day of my wedding John came through and made my dream wedding happen. He even rescued us fro an emergency, when our DJ lost our wedding song. John came to the rescue and was able to quickly download our song and have it played just in time. He made the whole event stress-free for me and allowed me to enjoy myself on my wedding day. I will always be greatful for that. His staff is great and super friendly. The food was delicious, service was fabulous, and the grounds simply beautiful. The service did not end that night. John continued to provide us with special and great service the next day when he and his wife hosted us and our family a delicious brunch. I will never forget just how beautiful my wedding was!
We got married in early October and I cannot put into words just how beautiful the grounds were at the JJ&E. John and his Read more...
We got married in early October and I cannot put into words just how beautiful the grounds were at the JJ&E. John and his wife have really created a spectacular place to have any kind of wedding. The day of my wedding John came through and made my dream wedding happen. He even rescued us fro an emergency, when our DJ lost our wedding song. John came to the rescue and was able to quickly download our song and have it played just in time. He made the whole event stress-free for me and allowed me to enjoy myself on my wedding day. I will always be greatful for that. His staff is great and super friendly. The food was delicious, service was fabulous, and the grounds simply beautiful. The service did not end that night. John continued to provide us with special and great service the next day when he and his wife hosted us and our family a delicious brunch. I will never forget just how beautiful my wedding was! Read less
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Nicole
Wedding:
7/23/2011
5.0/5.0
I loved the John Joseph Inn on first sight (which happened to be during a tornado). It really was the perfect place to get married, and I don't anything like it in Ithaca or the surrounding areas (or at least nothing that we found, and we did a lot of research). The day itself was perfect - John and his wife Elizabeth, the owners of the Inn, really do such a nice job on the day of the wedding, and we received SO many compliments on the food, the staff, the atmosphere (and this was during the weekend where it was over 100 degrees in Ithaca, so our wedding was WARM to put it mildly) and I can't envision us having our reception in any other place.

That said, dealing with John in advance of the wedding (we didn't meet Elizabeth until the wedding weekend) was often a frustrating process. John is a "personality" - he's funny, and warm when you meet him in person, and you think things are going great when you're together, but if you're planning your wedding from afar (like we were), when you're not in John's immediate presence, you can feel like some things slip through the cracks: we frequently didn't receive responses to our pre-wedding inquiries, which didn't do much to make us feel comfortable in the lead up to the wedding, and when he did respond, he forgot many of our conversations (e.g. that we had even booked our wedding date with him)! So I want to make our rating clear - the JJE is a 5 star establishment on the day of the wedding, but planning the wedding, in our experience, unfortunately wasn't.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, John and Elizabeth really go out of their way to make your wedding day extraordinary on the day of. A year later, if I could do it all over again with them, I would.
I loved the John Joseph Inn on first sight (which happened to be during a tornado). It really was the perfect place to get Read more...
I loved the John Joseph Inn on first sight (which happened to be during a tornado). It really was the perfect place to get married, and I don't anything like it in Ithaca or the surrounding areas (or at least nothing that we found, and we did a lot of research). The day itself was perfect - John and his wife Elizabeth, the owners of the Inn, really do such a nice job on the day of the wedding, and we received SO many compliments on the food, the staff, the atmosphere (and this was during the weekend where it was over 100 degrees in Ithaca, so our wedding was WARM to put it mildly) and I can't envision us having our reception in any other place.

That said, dealing with John in advance of the wedding (we didn't meet Elizabeth until the wedding weekend) was often a frustrating process. John is a "personality" - he's funny, and warm when you meet him in person, and you think things are going great when you're together, but if you're planning your wedding from afar (like we were), when you're not in John's immediate presence, you can feel like some things slip through the cracks: we frequently didn't receive responses to our pre-wedding inquiries, which didn't do much to make us feel comfortable in the lead up to the wedding, and when he did respond, he forgot many of our conversations (e.g. that we had even booked our wedding date with him)! So I want to make our rating clear - the JJE is a 5 star establishment on the day of the wedding, but planning the wedding, in our experience, unfortunately wasn't.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, John and Elizabeth really go out of their way to make your wedding day extraordinary on the day of. A year later, if I could do it all over again with them, I would. Read less
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g
Wedding:
7/9/2011
5.0/5.0
The John Joseph Inn gets high ratings from our experience for a couple of reasons.

As the innkeeper, chef, and all-around go-to guy, John worked hard to give us the wedding of our dreams and succeeded with his attention to detail and high energy. John was a great partner with a lot of experience and a good vision of how the weekend should be structured, and he incorporated the special touches that were important to us. It was great to be able to relax knowing that we were in his capable hands, especially the day of the wedding. John was everywhere - managing his amazing staff in and outside of the kitchen, serving as wedding coordinator and MC, even holding the train of my dress!

The grounds are beautiful, very well maintained, and have an elegant yet comfortable feel. The inn itself is quaint, classic, updated and exquisitely decorated. The beautiful tent is also worth mentioning - perfect size so all your guests feel close by, with chandeliers and a stone floor. John and his wife are chefs who planned an amazing local and seasonal meal (for the whole weekend) and everything was fantastic - especially the cake!

All in all, John's enthusiasm for ensuring that each wedding is unique and runs smoothly, coupled with his expertise in managing the details, made for an amazing wedding weekend for us and our guests. The only drawback I would mention is that the hotels in Ithaca are a little distant from the Inn - so make sure that you can offer a shuttle for your guests.
The John Joseph Inn gets high ratings from our experience for a couple of reasons.

As the innkeeper, chef, and Read more...
The John Joseph Inn gets high ratings from our experience for a couple of reasons.

As the innkeeper, chef, and all-around go-to guy, John worked hard to give us the wedding of our dreams and succeeded with his attention to detail and high energy. John was a great partner with a lot of experience and a good vision of how the weekend should be structured, and he incorporated the special touches that were important to us. It was great to be able to relax knowing that we were in his capable hands, especially the day of the wedding. John was everywhere - managing his amazing staff in and outside of the kitchen, serving as wedding coordinator and MC, even holding the train of my dress!

The grounds are beautiful, very well maintained, and have an elegant yet comfortable feel. The inn itself is quaint, classic, updated and exquisitely decorated. The beautiful tent is also worth mentioning - perfect size so all your guests feel close by, with chandeliers and a stone floor. John and his wife are chefs who planned an amazing local and seasonal meal (for the whole weekend) and everything was fantastic - especially the cake!

All in all, John's enthusiasm for ensuring that each wedding is unique and runs smoothly, coupled with his expertise in managing the details, made for an amazing wedding weekend for us and our guests. The only drawback I would mention is that the hotels in Ithaca are a little distant from the Inn - so make sure that you can offer a shuttle for your guests. Read less
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g
Wedding:
7/9/2011
5.0/5.0
The John Joseph Inn gets high ratings from our experience for a couple of reasons.

As the innkeeper, chef, and all-around go-to guy, John worked hard to give us the wedding of our dreams and succeeded with his attention to detail and high energy. John was a great partner with a lot of experience and a good vision of how the weekend should be structured, and he incorporated the special touches that were important to us. It was great to be able to relax knowing that we were in his capable hands, especially the day of the wedding. John was everywhere - managing his amazing staff in and outside of the kitchen, serving as wedding coordinator and MC, even holding the train of my dress!

The grounds are beautiful, very well maintained, and have an elegant yet comfortable feel. The inn itself is quaint, classic, updated and exquisitely decorated. The beautiful tent is also worth mentioning - perfect size so all your guests feel close by, with chandeliers and a stone floor. John and his wife are chefs who planned an amazing local and seasonal meal (for the whole weekend) and everything was fantastic - especially the cake!

All in all, John's enthusiasm for ensuring that each wedding is unique and runs smoothly, coupled with his expertise in managing the details, made for an amazing wedding weekend for us and our guests. The only drawback I would mention is that the hotels in Ithaca are a little distant from the Inn - so make sure that you can offer a shuttle for your guests.
The John Joseph Inn gets high ratings from our experience for a couple of reasons.

As the innkeeper, chef, and Read more...
The John Joseph Inn gets high ratings from our experience for a couple of reasons.

As the innkeeper, chef, and all-around go-to guy, John worked hard to give us the wedding of our dreams and succeeded with his attention to detail and high energy. John was a great partner with a lot of experience and a good vision of how the weekend should be structured, and he incorporated the special touches that were important to us. It was great to be able to relax knowing that we were in his capable hands, especially the day of the wedding. John was everywhere - managing his amazing staff in and outside of the kitchen, serving as wedding coordinator and MC, even holding the train of my dress!

The grounds are beautiful, very well maintained, and have an elegant yet comfortable feel. The inn itself is quaint, classic, updated and exquisitely decorated. The beautiful tent is also worth mentioning - perfect size so all your guests feel close by, with chandeliers and a stone floor. John and his wife are chefs who planned an amazing local and seasonal meal (for the whole weekend) and everything was fantastic - especially the cake!

All in all, John's enthusiasm for ensuring that each wedding is unique and runs smoothly, coupled with his expertise in managing the details, made for an amazing wedding weekend for us and our guests. The only drawback I would mention is that the hotels in Ithaca are a little distant from the Inn - so make sure that you can offer a shuttle for your guests. Read less
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Emily
Wedding:
5/28/2011
4.7/5.0
I could go on and on about this place but I'll try to keep it short and sweet: fabulous food, fabulous people, fabulous setting. My wedding was the wedding of my dreams and I could not have been happier. On my wedding day I didn't have to think about a thing which is exactly what I wanted! Overall, a wonderful experience that I highly recommend!
I could go on and on about this place but I'll try to keep it short and sweet: fabulous food, fabulous people, fabulous Read more...
I could go on and on about this place but I'll try to keep it short and sweet: fabulous food, fabulous people, fabulous setting. My wedding was the wedding of my dreams and I could not have been happier. On my wedding day I didn't have to think about a thing which is exactly what I wanted! Overall, a wonderful experience that I highly recommend! Read less
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Peg
Wedding:
10/2/2010
5.0/5.0
This was the wedding our daughter always dreamed of. The John Joseph In and Elizabeth Restaurant were perfect in every way! From our first appointment to the end the experience was professional, thorough, well planned and exceeded our expectations completely! The location and inn are gorgeous, well appointed and in excellent condition. The food and beverage were creative gourmet with a organic edge. The staff was attentive and their timing was spot on. Our guests were treated like royalty. John and Elizabeth were easy to work with and always went the extra mile to make this a perfect day! If only we had another daughter! Peg and Doug Whitehouse
This was the wedding our daughter always dreamed of. The John Joseph In and Elizabeth Restaurant were perfect in every Read more...
This was the wedding our daughter always dreamed of. The John Joseph In and Elizabeth Restaurant were perfect in every way! From our first appointment to the end the experience was professional, thorough, well planned and exceeded our expectations completely! The location and inn are gorgeous, well appointed and in excellent condition. The food and beverage were creative gourmet with a organic edge. The staff was attentive and their timing was spot on. Our guests were treated like royalty. John and Elizabeth were easy to work with and always went the extra mile to make this a perfect day! If only we had another daughter! Peg and Doug Whitehouse Read less
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Corie Stone
Wedding:
7/25/2009
3.8/5.0
Our wedding day was absolutely wonderful. The food was great and the place was gorgeous. However, it was a little difficult to plan our event (especially since we weren't local).
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Our wedding day was absolutely wonderful. The food was great and the place was gorgeous. However, it was a little difficult to plan our event (especially since we weren't local). Read less
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David
Wedding:
6/21/2008
4.6/5.0
John and the staff at JJ&E did a fantastic job hosting our 100 person wedding. We had several special requests, and John did everything we asked. We found them to be friendly and flexible. Our wedding was outdoors, and the venue is lush and green: hedged garden, trees, apple orchard, and swings. John took care of details, both small and large. For example, we rented and erected an Indian wedding canopy, and John noticed and made sure that the ceremony tent was raised an extra few feet so it would fit underneath.

The best part was the food: absolutely delicious and unforgettable. Four years later, friends and family still mention our buffet. John and Elizabeth are graduates of the Culinary Institute of America and, in our opinion, run the best kitchen in the Ithaca area. Many guests were from India, and half were vegetarians. John therefore developed a highly-customized menu for us and magnificently blended Indian flavors with his specialties. A few items from our menu:
- Mustard spiced seared pork tenderloin
- Paneer and couscous cakes with cilantro jalapeno oil
- Spiced eggplant sous vide with toasted cumin seeds
- Cumin and chili crusted seared salmon with mango curry cream sauce
- Spice rubbed lamb shoulder grilled and roasted, served with a curried ginger blueberry puree
- Amazing seared tofu
- Tiered spiced carrot cake with cream cheese frosting crusted with candied walnuts.

JJ&E is a small, family-run business. All contact will be with John, who is the chef and manager. Although he is relaxed and does not always return phone calls, John is a professional and excellent at what he does. He gave us a clear timeline of when things would happen, and he took care of things according to that timeline. Nothing fell through the cracks. The pdf package on the website is clear, with tons of information and pricing details. There were no hidden charges. We visited a dozen wedding sites in the Ithaca area, and JJ&E was the perfect one for us.
John and the staff at JJ&E did a fantastic job hosting our 100 person wedding. We had several special requests, and John Read more...
John and the staff at JJ&E did a fantastic job hosting our 100 person wedding. We had several special requests, and John did everything we asked. We found them to be friendly and flexible. Our wedding was outdoors, and the venue is lush and green: hedged garden, trees, apple orchard, and swings. John took care of details, both small and large. For example, we rented and erected an Indian wedding canopy, and John noticed and made sure that the ceremony tent was raised an extra few feet so it would fit underneath.

The best part was the food: absolutely delicious and unforgettable. Four years later, friends and family still mention our buffet. John and Elizabeth are graduates of the Culinary Institute of America and, in our opinion, run the best kitchen in the Ithaca area. Many guests were from India, and half were vegetarians. John therefore developed a highly-customized menu for us and magnificently blended Indian flavors with his specialties. A few items from our menu:
- Mustard spiced seared pork tenderloin
- Paneer and couscous cakes with cilantro jalapeno oil
- Spiced eggplant sous vide with toasted cumin seeds
- Cumin and chili crusted seared salmon with mango curry cream sauce
- Spice rubbed lamb shoulder grilled and roasted, served with a curried ginger blueberry puree
- Amazing seared tofu
- Tiered spiced carrot cake with cream cheese frosting crusted with candied walnuts.

JJ&E is a small, family-run business. All contact will be with John, who is the chef and manager. Although he is relaxed and does not always return phone calls, John is a professional and excellent at what he does. He gave us a clear timeline of when things would happen, and he took care of things according to that timeline. Nothing fell through the cracks. The pdf package on the website is clear, with tons of information and pricing details. There were no hidden charges. We visited a dozen wedding sites in the Ithaca area, and JJ&E was the perfect one for us. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Emily Molloy
Wedding:
9/1/2007
5.0/5.0
these guys did an amazing job! our wedding was perfect!
these guys did an amazing job! our wedding was perfect!
these guys did an amazing job! our wedding was perfect! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue, Unique Services
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Elle Rose
Wedding:
8/30/2004
4.6/5.0
The property is outstanding. Gorgeous English gardens. I chose the site for the lovely apple orchard that is beside the ceremony site. A remarkable property that has old barns, fruit trees, and berry bushes. I love the rustic country, but elegant feel of the property.
The property is outstanding. Gorgeous English gardens. I chose the site for the lovely apple orchard that is beside the Read more...
The property is outstanding. Gorgeous English gardens. I chose the site for the lovely apple orchard that is beside the ceremony site. A remarkable property that has old barns, fruit trees, and berry bushes. I love the rustic country, but elegant feel of the property. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue

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